How to use life as writing inspiration

I think writing about your life is courageous, actually. Inspirational? Sure, but also incredibly brave. When we write about our lives, we face the truth on paper and our screens. When we share it with the world, we're putting our experiences out for judgement or approval, neither of which we expected. And life writing can come in many forms, right? Blog posts, social media captions, a memoir, a downloadable information pack for your mailing list or even our About Me page on your website. People have a real interest in learning all about the lives of other people, no…

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Is blogging for you?

I'm in conversations with people who are ready to start a blog, and I'm excited for them. But it got me thinking. What about the people who are still unsure about taking the next step? What about those who have all the ideas but lack the confidence to try? It's easy for me to tell you to just go for it, I'm here with a blog. It's easy for me to tell you to write what feels right, I'm an experienced writer. But I will tell you that blogging has its benefits, which include: a boost in confidence, a…

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Annika Spalding On Writing: An Interview

Opportunities like this can happen to people like you! I had a pretty awesome experience recently. I was invited by the incredible Marverine Cole,to be interviewed on camera by first year Journalism students at Birmingham City University. I spent two hours posing, strutting, holding my books and answering questions. Some had done their research and had viewed my website, scrolled through my IG feed, watched my Youtube videos and even knew about my upcoming event Thrive. I'm thrilled to share with you a video that made the final edit. Planned, directed, filmed and edited by Jardine Kipkorrir and Gomarge…

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Writing about trauma

Let the darkness out. I'm a fan of Brené Brown and the wonderful work she does around vulnerability. Listening to her talks and prompted me to think about my own bravery, my willingness to share my story and not hold back. But vulnerability was not an area I felt comfortable with. Didn't know how to do it, didn't like the feeling of my emotional wounds being exposed. I know there is purpose in sharing your story. There is power created when you bring light to your pain and speak about the challenges in your life. I've written about domestic…

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How I wrote 11k words in 14 Days.

When we remove our distractions, our triggers, our perceived competition, our peer updates and our notifications, all we are left with is ourselves. But that is all we need.

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